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Use Case and Best Practices of Windows Hello

Windows Hello Use case and best practices

Windows Hello is a biometric authentication feature in Windows 10 that allows users to securely log into their devices using facial recognition, fingerprint, or iris scanning. The importance of use cases and best practices for Windows Hello lies in maximizing the benefits of the biometric authentication feature while maintaining a secure and efficient computing environment.

Problem Analysis

A company faced critical challenges related to its existing authentication system, The perpetrators gained unauthorized access to employee accounts after obtaining leaked usernames and passwords from a separate data breach on a popular social media platform. Armed with a list of compromised credentials, the attackers automated login attempts across various ABC Corporation accounts. Exploiting the common practice of password reuse, they successfully accessed several internal systems, potentially compromising sensitive corporate data and confidential information.

  1. Security Vulnerabilities

    The existing authentication system relies heavily on traditional passwords, which are susceptible to various security vulnerabilities.

  2. Compliance Risks

    The company needs a more robust authentication system to ensure compliance and data security.

  3. Multi factor authentication

    The absence of multi-factor authentication (MFA) left employees more susceptible to deceptive tactics. MFA add an extra layer of security, especially considering the evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats.

  4. Strong Auditing System

    The lack of a strong auditing system fails to detect the fake login page, which appeared convincingly similar to the legitimate portal

  5. User convenience

    Employees may encounter difficulties managing multiple passwords for various applications and services.

Understanding the risk

If a company is not using Windows Hello or a modern authentication solution, it may be exposed to various cybersecurity threats. Here are some potential threats and challenges: 

  1. Phishing Attack

    • Description: Deceptive attempts to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames and passwords.

    • Risk: Employees are more susceptible to falling victim to phishing attacks without the additional security layers provided by modern authentication methods.

  2. Credential Stuffing

    • Description: Attackers exploit reused passwords to gain unauthorized access to multiple accounts.

    • Risk: Increased likelihood of successful credential stuffing attacks due to the absence of additional security measures like multi-factor authentication.

  3. Brute force attack

    • Description: Systematic attempts to crack passwords through trial and error.

    • Risk: Traditional password-based systems are more susceptible to brute force attacks, especially if strong password policies are not enforced.

  4. Insider attack

    • Description: Interception and potential alteration of communication to capture sensitive information.

    • Risk: Increased vulnerability may jeopardize the confidentiality of communication and user credentials.

  5. Lack of Identity verification

    • Description: Traditional passwords may not provide sufficient identity verification.

    • Risk: Increased risk of unauthorized access due to insufficient identity verification mechanisms.

  6. Password Spraying

    • Description: Systematic attempts with a few commonly used passwords against multiple user accounts.

    • Risk: Greater susceptibility to password spraying attacks, where attackers exploit weak passwords across various accounts.

Solutions to the risks

If a company is not using Windows Hello or a modern authentication solution, it may be exposed to various cybersecurity threats. Here are some potential threats and challenges: 

  1. Phishing Attack

    Utilizing biometric authentication and Multi Factor Authentication methods such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, making it resistant to phishing attacks that target password credentials.

  2. Credential Stuffing

    Windows Hello’s biometric authentication and PIN-based access significantly reduce the risk of credential stuffing attacks, as each device has a unique set of credentials.

  3. Brute force attack

    Windows Hello enforces strong authentication policies and locks out unauthorized users after a certain number of failed attempts, mitigating the risk of brute force attacks.

  4. Insider attack

    Biometric authentication methods in Windows Hello, such as facial recognition and fingerprints, provide more reliable and robust identity verification compared to traditional passwords.

  5. Lack of Identity verification

    Biometric authentication adds an extra layer of identity verification, making it harder for insiders or unauthorized individuals to gain access to sensitive information.

  6. Password Spraying

    Windows Hello’s use of biometrics and PINs reduces the risk of password spraying attacks, as attackers cannot exploit weak passwords across multiple accounts.

  7. Securing Guideline

    Organizations can leverage the security and user convenience benefits by Integrating Windows Hello with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) using Microsoft Intune involves several best practices to ensure a secure and efficient implementation. Here are key recommendations.

Best Practices

  1. Enables Windows Hello for Business

    Activate Windows Hello for Business on Windows 10 devices through Azure AD and Microsoft Intune. This establishes the foundation for secure and password-less authentication.

  2. Enforce Device Compliance Policies

    Utilize Intune to enforce device compliance policies. This ensures that only compliant and secure devices can use Windows Hello, enhancing overall security.

  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

    Combine Windows Hello with Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication for an additional layer of security. This ensures that even if biometric authentication is compromised, an extra verification step is in place.

  4. Centralized Management 

    Use Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune) for centralized management of Windows Hello settings. This allows for consistent configuration and monitoring across all enrolled devices.

  5. Configure Conditional Access Policies

    Leverage Azure AD Conditional Access policies to control access based on specific conditions. For example, enforce Windows Hello usage only for compliant devices or within specified network locations.

  6. Monitor and Report Authentication Events

    Regularly monitor authentication events and leverage reporting features in Azure AD. This allows administrators to identify any irregularities or potential security threats promptly.


Integrating Windows Hello with Azure AD using Microsoft Intune delivers a more secure, user-friendly, and efficient authentication experience for the organization, contributing to heightened cybersecurity and improved operational efficiency. 

  • Stronger authentication mechanisms, including biometric data (facial recognition, fingerprint scanning) and PINs, provide a more secure alternative to traditional passwords.
  • Integration with Intune enables the enforcement of device compliance policies.
  • Detection and response to potential identity risks, enhancing the organization’s ability to address suspicious activities related to Windows Hello usage.
  • Biometric authentication and PIN-based access offer a user-friendly and convenient authentication experience. Improved user satisfaction.
  • Integration with Azure AD enables the use of multi-factor authentication alongside Windows Hello. Additional layers of security.
  • Integration allows the enforcement of conditional access policies providing a fine-grained control over access.
  • Regular monitoring of authentication events and reporting features in Azure AD resulting in Timely identification of irregularities or potential security threats.

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